Sunday, September 30, 2007


This article was written by Jules Masterjohn for Durango Magazine, Winter-Spring 2006-07. (click on images to enlarge)

(cont.) photographs and paper sculpure are then exhibited in galleries and museums, and purchased by collectors. Other outdoor artworks include her "Offerings" series, which was inspired by seeing lily pads floating on pond water. Long has placed circles of handmade paper on the surface of lakes, streams and canals. To date, 20 "Offering pieces have been created in bodies of water all over the world.
Natural materials like pine cones, leaves and twigs are also used by Long to create non-permanent outdoor artworks. "Concentric Circles" - 16' in diameter - is a sculpture that is made of mounded pine needles and paper pulp. It rests on the forest floor. During its ten-year existence, each spring the artist reshapes the circular mounds, renewing it for another season. Permanence is not one of Long's goals, her inspiration instead lies in working with the changing cycles of nature.
Meandering through the tall ponderosa pine forest on the acreage where she and her husband have lived for 23 years, she developed "Forest Walk". This trail through the woodlands connects various designated areas where Long has intentionally placed fallen tree limbs, gathered pine cones and arranged rocks and bones in circles, spirals and random patterns. These compositions of indigenous materials indicate nesting spots or places for contemplation along the trail.
Long is at work in the forest developing another art trail. She is artist-in-residence at Edgemont Highlands, a private residential development in the forest just northeast of Durango, where she has been commissioned to create outdoor sculptural artworks along the community's hiking trails.
Choosing to "intervene subtly and temporarily with nature", her art lends itself to documentation in film. Currently in production, a documentary film, "Seeing the Forest for the Trees, is scheduled for release at the Durango Independent Film Festival in 2008. Highlighting Long's outdoor art trails and productive diverse artistic career, the film focuses attention on one of Durango's unique artists, whose perspective on nature draws attention to and enriches one's appreciation of the surrounding natural wonders.


Link to archive Winter 2006 for this article written by Connie Gotsch.

Sunday, September 23, 2007


Check out the Tex Jernigan's Public Gallery - ONE:Aperture of Durango - part of the Colorado Art Ranch's ( weekend in Durango, CO


This is a traveling exhibit of artists'books, curated by Gloria Helfgott (who sadly passed from this world recently) The exhibit opened at the Center for the Book, New York City in April and I was able to attend the reception. It is now at the San Francisco Book Arts Center and will be arriving in the L.A. area at the end of October - at the Cerritos Library (October 28-January 14, 2008). It then travels to the University of Western England, Bristol, United Kingdom January 28-March 16, 2008 and then back to the states April 4-June 27 at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Here is one of the works that I have in this terrific exhibit. These one page books have text relating to the objects on their covers.



This wonderful book of prose and poetry has just arrived - A Response to "Forest Walk", by Singular Twin Cities poet SANDY BEACH. "Forest Walk" at the Susan Hensel Gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota in July-August, 2007 . A video of this performance will soon be available.


Maintain a Certain Distance

The artist says
this is what she does Make offerings
to be in communion
with the forest
this work
is her activism

Forty years of creating Half a life time
spaces for reflection
using that which the forest
in its bounty gives up freely
its quiet ever replenishing gifts


Following the Passage: Mapping a Friendship Installation

September 7-9, Durango Arts Center, Durango, Colorado
A collaboration with Grace Cavalieri, poet and playwright, along wih movement artist Kathryn Moller
and artist/musician Maureen May. The presentation mapped Grace and I's 43-year friendship in written
word, spoken word, sound, installation and movement. The installation included 100 laminated images
of mine and 25 of Grace's poems over four decades amongst seven scrolls documenting Grace's essay
about our friendship. The two dancers,Talia Bamerick and Desiree Henderson, directed by Kathryn,
beautifully activated my installation. A video will hopefully be available to link to in the near future.

Dancers at Rehearsal

The Cast

Sunday, September 16, 2007

FOREST WALK at Adams State College, Alamosa, CO

Forest Walk


The circular space at the Cloyde Snook Gallery, August 24 through September 14, gave my FOREST WALK installation yet another form. HOT PURSUITS, featured Southwet Colorado artists and was curated by Gerry Riggs, past director of the CSU Colorado Springs gallery. I also showed two book sculptures from the ENCYCLOPEDIA series, a series of photographs from the OFFERING performances and WINTER PRESSING, paper buried under winter snow and shown on the wall. One of my open book sculptures, DETRITUS at CLEARVIEW was the centerpiece in the FOREST WALK installation.